We know Xbox One’s controllers and peripherals will be compatible with Xbox Series X, but what about PlayStation 4 accessories on PlayStation 5? Sony’s answers are all over the map, but they make sense.
The standard DualShock 4 controller that many of us use for PlayStation 4 gaming will work with PlayStation 5, but only for supported PlayStation 4 games. The DualShock 4 cannot be used for PlayStation 5 games. In a post on PlayStation Blog, Sony’s Isabelle Tomatis, who works on PlayStation VR, Peripherals Marketing and Licensing, clarifies this stance, saying “We believe that PS5 games should take advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform, including the features of DualSense wireless controller.” This rule also applies to third-party controllers.
Most other accessories are fully compatible with PlayStation 5. This includes the Platinum and Gold Wireless headsets (along with third-party devices that use USB or the audio jack), arcade sticks, flight sticks, and racing wheels. These items will work with with supported PlayStation 4 games and PlayStation 5 games.
The PlayStation Camera is also compatible with PlayStation 5 for PlayStation VR gaming. To use it on the new hardware, players will have to get a PlayStation Camera adaptor that Sony will provide at no additional cost. How do you get the adaptor? More info will be shared at a later date. Tomatis also says that PS Move Motion Controllers will work with supported PS VR games on PlayStation 5.
Of course, not every third-party accessory will make the cut. Tomatis says “We recommend checking with the manufacturer to confirm whether a product will work on PS5 and specific titles.”
Sony’s approach to the PlayStation 5 controller follows the traditional path of a new console generation bringing new ways to interact with games. The haptic feedback and adaptive triggers are two key features on the controller that Sony touts as difference makers for this new generation of games.